The NHL released it's national television broadcast schedule today and the Dallas Stars appear a total of seven times on Versus (soon to be re-branded the NBC Sports Network after the first of the year) and make one appearance on NHL Network that those living outside the Stars home broadcast area will be interested in.
The number seven is curious because they were featured on Versus only three times all of last season. That's quite an increase, presumably owing to the fact that NBC's new contract with the league features a greater number of games on Mondays and Tuesdays. The local tv schedule should be out sometime in the next few weeks, though with all games in HD now, the number of TXA-21appearances is the only mystery remaining.
This also explains a few of the time changes announced this week, as was suspected...
|Dec. 19||Anaheim at Dallas||7:00 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)|
|Dec. 21||Philadelphia at Dallas||6:30 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)/TSN2|
|Dec. 26||St. Louis at Dallas||6:30 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)|
|Jan. 3||Detroit at Dallas||7:00 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)|
|Jan. 14||Colorado at Dallas||2:00 p.m.||NHL Network|
|Jan. 16||Dallas at St. Louis||6:30 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)/TSN2|
|Feb. 16||Calgary at Dallas||7:30 p.m.||TSN|
|Feb. 21||Dallas at Montreal||6:30 p.m.||RDS|
|Feb. 29||Pittsburgh at Dallas||6:30 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)/TSN2|
|Mar. 2||Dallas at Edmonton||8:30 p.m.||TSN|
|Mar. 20||Phoenix at Dallas||7:00 p.m.||Versus (NBC Sports Network)/TSN2|
|Mar. 30||Dallas at Vancouver||9:00 p.m.||TSN|
They'll be on nationally in Canada eight times, helping the hockey community's edification where the greatness of one Mr. Jamie Benn is concerned.
The real question this raises is... Can Stars fans cope without Ralph and Razor seven times??